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  • Lab Validation Report NetApp EF560 Flash Arrays for SQL Server

    Enterprise Storage for Performance-driven Databases

    By Tony Palmer, Senior Lab Analyst

    May 2015 © 2015 by The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • Lab Validation: NetApp EF560 Flash Arrays for Microsoft SQL Server 2

    © 2015 by The Enterprise Strategy Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Contents

    Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 3 Background ............................................................................................................................................................... 3 NetApp EF-Series Flash Arrays .................................................................................................................................. 4 Database Considerations .......................................................................................................................................... 5

    ESG Lab Validation ........................................................................................................................................ 6 Performance – IOPS and Bandwidth ........................................................................................................................ 6 Microsoft SQL Server Database Performance .......................................................................................................... 9 Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) ..................................................................................................... 12

    ESG Lab Validation Highlights ..................................................................................................................... 14

    Issues to Consider ....................................................................................................................................... 14

    The Bigger Truth ......................................................................................................................................... 15

    Appendix ..................................................................................................................................................... 16

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    ESG Lab Reports

    The goal of ESG Lab reports is to educate IT professionals about data center technology products for companies of all types and sizes. ESG Lab reports are not meant to replace the evaluation process that should be conducted before making purchasing decisions, but rather to provide insight into these emerging technologies. Our objective is to go over some of the more valuable feature/functions of products, show how they can be used to solve real customer problems and identify any areas needing improvement. ESG Lab's expert third-party perspective is based on our own hands-on testing as well as on interviews with customers who use these products in production environments. This ESG Lab report was sponsored by NetApp.

  • Lab Validation: NetApp EF560 Flash Arrays for Microsoft SQL Server 3

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    Introduction

    This ESG Lab Report documents the real-world performance, reliability, availability, and serviceability of NetApp EF- Series flash arrays in Microsoft SQL Server database environments. A combination of hands on testing by ESG Lab and audited in-house performance testing executed by NetApp were used to create this report.

    Background

    IT managers, line-of-business stakeholders and senior executives continue to look for ways to improve resource utilization and ROI in IT. According to ESG research, 73% of large midmarket (500 to 999 employees) and enterprise (1,000 or more employees) organizations are consolidating databases to some extent, which is an indicator that these organizations are striving to increase efficiency.1 When asked about the challenges IT managers face with their database environments and supporting infrastructures, organizations indicated that managing data growth and database size and meeting database performance requirements were specific challenges (see Figure 1).2 In the context of databases, response time is a critical component of performance as it has a direct impact on the responsiveness of applications and the experience of users.

    Figure 1. Database Environment and Supporting Infrastructure Challenges

    Source: Enterprise Strategy Group, 2014.

    When delving deeper to explore the challenges just within managing database size and growth, these same organizations cited performance degradation (42%), bottlenecks caused by data replication processes (36%), and the inability to complete maintenance tasks within service windows (27%) as specific difficulties.3 These responses indicate that performance as well as reliability, availability, and serviceability are all important features for current and future database environments and the supporting IT infrastructure.

    1Source: ESG Research Report, Enterprise Database Trends in a Big Data World, July 2014. 2ibid. 3ibid.

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    23%

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    26%

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    27%

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    32%

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    No challenges with current database environment

    Lack of skilled staff

    Patch, maintenance & version update processes

    Supporting databases in virtualized environments

    Provisioning storage

    Provisioning servers

    Deploying new database technology & applications

    Meeting security/compliance requirements

    Meeting database performance requirements

    Supporting databases in cloud environments

    Creating test/development environments

    Managing data growth and database size

    In general, which of the following challenges does your organization have with its current database environment and supporting infrastructure? (N=373)

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  • Lab Validation: NetApp EF560 Flash Arrays for Microsoft SQL Server 4

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    NetApp EF-Series Flash Arrays

    NetApp EF-Series all flash arrays are designed specifically for database-driven environments demanding maximum performance, reliability and availability. Scaling up to 192 TB of capacity, the EF-Series maximizes both transactional I/O and total throughput while minimizing response times, all in a high-availability configuration.

    Figure 2. NetApp EF560 Flash Array

    The NetApp EF560 supports 10Gb iSCSI, 16GFC, 12Gb SAS, and 56Gb InfiniBand for host connectivity and 12Gb SAS for expansion. The EF560 is designed to reduce data center footprint while supporting I/O-intensive database workloads, high-performance file systems, and throughput-intensive streaming applications while maintaining high availability.

    NetApp EF-Series storage systems run NetApp SANtricity storage management software, which provides advanced storage functionality to ensure data availability, protection, and integrity along with extended data protection, including snapshots, remote replication, and disaster recovery.

    The NetApp EF560 is built on the field-proven reliability of the NetApp SANtricity architecture, with more than 750,000 storage systems deployed worldwide. Key capabilities of the NetApp EF-Series include:

     Advanced availability capabilities, including dual controllers, fully-redundant I/O paths with automated failover, comprehensive monitoring and diagnostics, synchronous and asynchronous remote replication.

     Advanced recovery capabilities, including snapshots and volume copies.  Extensive configuration flexibility designed to adapt to a wide range of workloads.  Proactive SSD health monitoring tracks wear life and issues an alert when thresholds are reached.  Dynamic Disk Pools (DDP) data protection technology, which is designed to simplify management, eliminate

    hot spots, and increase system reliability.  Full drive encryption with no performance penalty and built-in key management.  Starting configuration of as few as 6 SSDs with online scalability up to 120 SSDs.

    A growing set of application-aware management plug-ins provides tight